DFW Weekend Round Up (4/30-5/3)

DFW Weekend Round Up (4/30-5/3)

Today marks the beginning of the NFL Draft, but this weekend is also big for live music and culture in DFW. From DJs to country music and Broadway to Cinco de Mayo, there’s something for everyone.


If your looking for events centered around food and drink, click here.


Thursday, April 30:

Decks in the Park: Dallas’ top DJs will be at Klyde Warren Park to get you dancing under the stars. It’s family-friendly and there will be food trucks on site.


2015 Dallas Cowboys Draft Day: Today is one of the biggest days of the year for NFL football fans, the beginning of the draft. The Cowboys will hold parties for three days; Thursday and Saturday at AT&T Stadium and Friday at the Rustic.


Mayfest 2015: You’re sure to find plenty of festival food, rides, and fun at this family-friendly Fort Worth event. It goes through Sunday.


Newsises: The two-time Tony award-winning Broadway musical has made its way to Dallas. Get a look into the exciting times surrounding the 1899 New York City newsboy strike at Winspear Opera House now through May 10.


Friday, May 1:

Dwight Yoakam: The country music star will play at Gas Monkey Bar n’ Grill.


Kacey Musgraves: The country star-on-the-rise will be at Billy Bob’s.


Rangers v. Athletics: Our Texas Rangers will take on the Oakland Athletics in a three-game series through Sunday. Get out there and cheer them on!


Saturday, May 2:

Asian Festival 2015: The 25th year of this event is sure to be a big one. Dive into Asian food and culture at Klyde Warren Park.


Cinco De Mayo Parade & Festival: Oak Cliff will host a parade complete with marching bands, costumes, floats, and more in celebration of the upcoming holiday. Afterwards, the festival will feature live music, food, drink and more.


Cottonwood Art Festival: The annual festival in Richardson will feature more than 240 artists, live music, and food and drink. Join in on the celebration through Sunday.


Lady Antebellum: Fresh from their show at the ACM Awards two weeks ago, the country group will be back in Dallas with openers Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt at Gexa Energy Pavilion.


The Who: The rock legends will make their way through Dallas on their celebrate their 50th anniversary at American Airlines Center. Opening for the group is Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.


Sunday, May 3:

Dog BowlCotton Bowl Stadium will become a haven for dog-lovers and man’s best friend for the day during this ultimate pooch party. There will be treats for dogs and humans alike.


Image via Dallas Cowboys Facebook

Big-City Home Prices Appreciate Nationwide



Home prices in cities across the nation are picking up steam.


Prices in the 20 metropolitan areas measured by the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Home Price Index rose 5% year over year in February, compared with a 4.5% gain in January. February’s increase was the largest monthly gain for the index since July 2014.


“We’ve seen a lot of people come back into the market on the buy side,” said David Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “Clearly, we’re still benefiting from very low mortgage rates for those people who can easily qualify for a mortgage.”


The broader S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Index, which covers the entire U.S., rose 4.2% year over year in February, vs. a 4.4% gain in January.


But, as we always say at the Ebby Blog, real estate is local: Denver and San Francisco showed the most price inflation over the past year, with gains of 10% and 9.8%, respectively. Dallas was close behind – and fourth nationwide – at 8.6%.


One-Story Wonders

One-Story Wonders

There’s something so classic about one story homes. They’re charming and have a kind of humbled beauty and character.


Normally we tell you not to judge a home by its exterior, but in this case, go right ahead. Each of these one story homes is a jewel box, filled with beautiful design and style inside. Take a look at all eight exteriors and then click to tour through their wonderful interiors.

One-Story Wonders

^523 Copper Ridge Drive, Richardson 

One-Story Wonders

^2404 Southrbook Court, ArlingtonOne-Story Wonders

^2615 W. Brooklyn Ave., Dallas  One-Story Wonders

^7002 Westlake Ave., DallasOne-Story Wonders

^6021 Spring Flower Trail, Dallas

One-Story Wonders

^7349 Fieldgate Drive, DallasOne-Story Wonders

^16215 Havenglen Drive, DallasOne-Story Wonders^7324 Meadow Oaks Drive, Dallas

This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

Tuesday, April 28:

Food Truck Schedule: See where to find your favorite meals-on-wheels this week in Dallas.


Wednesday, April 29:

Dallas Observer Iron Fork: Two top chefs will compete against each other to create winning dishes from a basket of mystery ingredients. The event also includes tastings from local restaurants and will be held at Centennial Hall at Fair Park.


The Hospitality Sweet 2 Year Anniversary: The downtown eatery celebrates two years of delicious treats with the launch of a new menu, free mini cupcakes and giveaways during lunch.


Thursday, April 30

Craft Beer and Artisan Cheese Pairing: Lakewood Brewing Company will host cheesemonger Ali Morgan from Rare Edibles for a night that will feature 4 of the company’s select craft brews paired with complimentary and contrasting cheeses- so that’s 4 beers and 8 cheeses for $30.


Mayfest 2015: You’re sure to find plenty of fried, fast, sweet, festival food at this family-friendly Fort Worth event. It goes through May 3, so you have time to get your fill.


Friday, May 1:

The Brew Mile: Running and beer goes together like…? While this may not be the most common combo, it promises to be a fun one at this event. Run a quarter mile, drink a beer, repeat.


Saturday, May 2:

Asian Festival 2015: The 25th year of this event is sure to be a big one. Dive into Asian food and culture at Klyde Warren Park.


Cinco de Mayo Parade & Festival: The Oak Cliff Cultural Center invites you to celebrate the holiday a few days early with a parade, marching bands, food vendors and more.


GrillFest 2015: Join D Magazine and The Shops at Park Lane for a tasting of grilled food accompanied by summer wines and beers and live music. All food will be prepared by local chefs and all proceeds go to the North Texas Food Bank.


4th Annual Jockeys & Juleps Derby Party: Sissy’s Southern Kitchen will host a live viewing of the race along with a costume competition with prizes from 3 to 6pm.


Sunday, May 3:

Taste of the NFL Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party: How does good food for a good cause with a splash of NFL royalty sound? The 11th annual event will feature gourmet tailgate fare, signature cocktails, live entertainment, live and silent auctions, games and more. It will be held at AT&T Stadium and will benefit the North Texas Food Bank.


Kitchen LTO Finalist Cook-Off: It’s time to vote in the newest chef and artist to take over the permanent pop-up in Trinity Groves. As a participant, you’ll be able to taste-test the new chefs, review proposed artwork, grill the contestants, have a drink or two, and decide who wins.



Bouchon 1314: This wine bar is set to open in Oak Cliff in the next few weeks.


Gino’s East: The Chicago-based pizzeria will open in Arlington on May 4.


Lash: Wish your beverages could be delivered right to your door? For those of you living in Plano, Allen, Fairview, South Frisco, and South McKinney, look no further than this service.


Plāt: A same-day grocery delivery service will debut next month. To start, it will serve Dallas, Irving, Las Colinas, Richardson, and Addison. Delivery is free with a minimum $35 order.


Revolver Taco Lounge: Fort Worth’s taco shop will close after then end of its lease on June 30.


D CEO Features Ebby Execs



Ebby Halliday Companies President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson, who began working with founder Ebby Halliday when the business had just three offices and 35 agents, says she learned from the best. Executive Vice President & Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko feels the same way about Burleson.


At Ebby Halliday, we’re blessed with top talent throughout the executive ranks. Burleson and Misko are part of an executive dream team admired across Texas and far beyond.


In its May/June issue, D CEO magazine features Burleson and Misko in a compelling feature story on five high-profile Dallas CEOs and their “right hands.” Others included in the story are the Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones and Rich Dalrymple, The Richards Group’s Stan Richards and Jean Howe, BP Capital’s T. Boone Pickens, Jay Rosser and Sally Geymuller, and Southwest Airlines’ Gary Kelly and Nan Berry.


From D CEO’s The Gatekeepers by Karen Nielsen:


There aren’t enough hours in the day for Mary Frances Burleson to personally manage the flurry of activity at the residential real estate empire of the Ebby Halliday Cos. With 2014 sales volume exceeding $6.6 billion, the president and CEO relies on Betty Misko, her friend, confidant, and vice president and director of sales offices. “Between the both of us we have 100 years in this business,” says Misko. “There’s a lot of experience we can draw on.”


The two think alike, often dress alike, are high-touch managers, and as pre-baby boomers share not only a generation but by-the-book values. “I trust her implicitly,” says Burleson, who has been in her position since 1989. “That’s important.”


Click here for the full story from D CEO.


PHOTO: Ebby Halliday Companies Executive Vice President & Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko and President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson


10 Tips for Picking a Paint Color

10 Tips for Picking a Paint Color

If you’ve ever had to pick a paint color, you know one thing to be true- the options are endless. Choosing the right paint color can be an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these 10 tips and take on the paint aisle with confidence!


1. Bring in Inspiration: Take along an existing pillow, piece of fabric, or photo of your space. This will help you make more informed decisions.


2. The Right Light: Make sure to view your paint or paint chips in natural light to ensure you’re seeing the color correctly. Paint looks different under artificial light, so try holding the chip near a window or painting a sample on your wall first.


3. Take Home Testers: All the major paint retailers now sell paint in small, tester sizes. These are perfect to take home and try out before committing to a full gallon of paint. The small amount will provide you with enough paint to give you an idea of what it would really be like to live with the color.


4. Try Multiple Shades: If you’re having trouble choosing, buy multiple testers and paint side-by-side squares on your walls. Live with them for a few days so you get the chance to see how the colors look morning, noon, and night. Make sure to mark them with identifiers so you’ll remember which one you liked best.


5. Choose Your Drama: Take a look at the color wheel for inspiration. Colors close together will make a room calm while those farther apart add drama.


6. Do What You Love: Start with a color you love, even if it’s not popular at the moment. Doing this will assure you’ll love the color for years to come. Just remember, your favorite color comes in a range of hues.


7. Lighten Up: If you’re afraid a hue may be too dark, ask the mixer to do a 50% tint of the color to lighten it up. Custom colors can also give a room a designer look, but make sure to jot down the specifics of your color for future touch ups.


8. Room to Room: If you have rooms that are open to one another, avoid choosing radically different colors, which will make the spaces feel chopped up and small.


9. Go Bold: Small rooms that are visited more rarely, like a library or half-bath, can be done in stronger colors that make a statement.


10. Spraying vs. Rolling: Rolling may be the most popular choice, but it’s also the most time consuming and requires touch ups more often. On the other hand, spraying results in a more high-end, professional look that also cuts painting time in half. You can rent high volume, low pressure sprayers at most home improvement stores. With both options make sure you properly cover the areas you don’t want painted.

Fresh Listing Friday: Convenient Lakeside Retreat


Happy Friday, readers! We’re getting out of the city this week on Fresh Listing Friday to check out a waterfront home on Cedar Creek Lake. Located just over an hour from Dallas, the wonderful home at 124 Shoreline Circle in Malakoff has views that you have to see to believe.


Here are the important details you need to know

-Traditional home on a cul-de-sac with 100 ft. of waterfront land listed for $455,000

-4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and 2,966 sq. ft.

-An eat-in kitchen, a woodburning fireplace, a bunk room, and a game room with a kitchenette

-First-floor guest suite with a fireplace and kitchenette

-Stunning lake views

-Two covered porches, tall trees, a dock and a boathouse


Let’s get to the photos. Because this is a lakefront home, we’re going to start from the outside and work our way in

Fresh Listing Friday: Convenient Lakeside Retreat

^We’ll begin with a view from the dock showing the gorgeous tall trees and expansive lake frontage

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^Two views from land show an idyllic hammock spot and the back exterior of the home with two levels of covered porches

Fresh Listing Friday: Convenient Lakeside Retreat

^The second-story porch features fans for warm days, a dining space, and living space with stunning views all day and all year long

Fresh Listing Friday: Convenient Lakeside RetreatFresh Listing Friday: Convenient Lakeside Retreat

^The living room is located off the porch and features a vaulted ceiling, a woodburning brick fireplace, and, of course, stunning views. It is just off the breakfast room and the kitchen

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^The kitchen and breakfast room are joined and feature abundant white cabinetry. The kitchen has an island with a breakfast bar.

Fresh Listing Friday: Convenient Lakeside Retreat

^The game room is also located on the second floor, off a bathroom and the bunkroom. It is spacious and the perfect place for guests or kids when it’s time to come inside from a day on the water

Fresh Listing Friday: Convenient Lakeside Retreat

^The bunkroom is the perfect amenity in a home like this

Fresh Listing Friday: Convenient Lakeside Retreat

^The master suite is spacious and has its own bathroom

Fresh Listing Friday: Convenient Lakeside Retreat

^On the first floor, a kitchenette, fireplace, and guest suite are great for giving your company their own space

Fresh Listing Friday: Convenient Lakeside Retreat ^The front of the home features a side entrance.

Fresh Listing Friday: Convenient Lakeside RetreatFresh Listing Friday: Convenient Lakeside Retreat

^We couldn’t end this tour without a few more view shots


Fabulous, right? This home could serve as a weekend getaway or a year-round home for anyone who appreciates the beauty of lake living.


To see all the home that were new to the DFW real estate market this week, click here.

VIP Customer Service Award Winners Honored

                         Customer Service Award Winners Honored

Ebby Halliday Realtors was founded on three points of service: service to the client, service to the industry and service to the communities it serves. That emphasis on service is as apparent today as it was in 1945 when the firm was a one-woman, one-office operation.


“As we celebrate 70 years of service this year, we would like to announce, as we do each year, the Companywide winners of our VIP Excellence in Service Award,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “This award recognizes a level of excellence that is truly above and beyond.”


The Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Companywide VIP Excellence in Service winners for 2014:


*  Top Companywide Office – Frisco Office

*  Top Companywide Winner – Sue Nelms of the Preston Keller Office

*  Top Companywide Runner-Up – Stacy Solomon of the Allen Office


VIP Excellence in Customer Service Award winners are determined by the total number of points received from questions pertaining specifically to service in buyer/seller surveys sent to Ebby clients. In 2014, 98 percent of respondents ranked Ebby Halliday and their sales associate as “Excellent” or “Good.”


To learn more about all of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ offices, Associates and listings, visit the award-winning ebby.com.


PHOTO: Front row, from left, are President & CEO Mary Frances Burleson, Top Companywide VIP Excellence in Service Runner-Up Stacy Solomon, Top Companywide VIP Winner Sue Nelms, Frisco (Top Companywide VIP Office) Sales Manager Terri Macaluso, and Executive Vice President & Director of Sales Offices Betty Misko. Back row, from left, are Allen Sales Manager Diane Hausler and Preston Keller Sales Manager Vivian Black.

Luxury Portfolio International Extends Outreach



Luxury Portfolio International, Ebby Halliday’s partner in marketing luxury properties, continues to expand its strategic outreach to Asian consumers worldwide through a series of events aimed at reaching this increasingly influential market segment.


This week the group is sponsoring the luxury property tour at the Asian Real Estate Association of America Global & Luxury Summit, taking place in Chicago. Luxury Portfolio is also exhibiting at the Luxury Property Showcase in Beijing, China, an event that attracts over 4,700 Chinese buyers.


These events are the latest in the group’s tactical outreach to Asian consumers, including its highly successful Immersion Conference held last year in Shanghai, China, and extensive online exposure throughout the region.


All Luxury Portfolio listings appear on Juwai.com, the No. 1 website for Chinese who are buying property outside of China.


Luxury Portfolio offers a comprehensive marketing program for engaging with affluent consumers, including its award-winning website, luxuryportfolio.com, which markets over 35,000 luxury homes to over 3 million high-net-worth visitors annually, including translations to Chinese and seven other languages.


To discover many of the world’s most extraordinary properties currently for sale, visit luxuryportfolio.com.



Get a Deal: Recently Reduced Listings

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When a house gets reduced in price, you better be ready to make an offer! We’ve rounded up 12 homes in the DFW area that have been recently reduced in price ranges from $300k to $4 million. Take a look and see if one just dropped down into your ideal price range!

Get A Deal on a Recently Reduced Listing

^4519 Cherokee Trail, Dallas

Was: $4,899,000 Now: 4,499,000 (-$400,000)
Get A Deal on a Recently Reduced Listing

^3508 Villanova St., University Park

Was: $2,295,000 Now: $2,250,000 (-$45,000)Get A Deal on a Recently Reduced Listing

^5231 Shadywood Lane, Dallas

Was: $1,860,000 Now: $1,760,000 (-$100,000)Get A Deal on a Recently Reduced Listing

^4212 Hallmark Drive, Dallas

Was: $1,097,000 Now: $1,088,000 (-$9,000)

Get A Deal on a Recently Reduced Listing

^3732 Summit Court, Frisco

Was: $999,999 Now: $975,000 (-$24,999)

Get A Deal on a Recently Reduced Listing

^12183 W. FM 455, Celina

Was: $950,000 Now: $899,000 (-$51,000)

Get A Deal on a Recently Reduced Listing

^11406 Valley Dale Drive, Dallas

Was: $750,000 Now: $735,000 (-$15,000)Get A Deal on a Recently Reduced Listing

^4300 Wilson Creek Trail, Prosper

Was: $640,000 Now: $625,000 (-$15,000)Get A Deal on a Recently Reduced Listing

^6800 Echo Canyon Drive, McKinney

Was: $619,000 Now: $599,000 (-$20,000)Get A Deal on a Recently Reduced Listing

^1066 Woodford Drive, Keller

Was: $484,900 Now: $477,400 (-$7,500)Get A Deal on a Recently Reduced Listing

^5610 Richard Ave., Dallas

Was: $465,000 Now: $449,500 (-$15,500)Get A Deal on a Recently Reduced Listing

^6012 Winton St., Dallas

Was: $399,900 Now: $395,000 (-$4,900)